Third Annual Houston History Conference
“Rogues, Rascals, and Role Models: Famous and Infamous Residents of the Bayou City”
Conference and Break-Out Sessions set for Saturday, May 4, 2013
WHAT: The theme for the third annual Houston History Conference is “Rogues, Rascals, and Role Models: Famous and Infamous Residents of the Bayou City.” From the time brothers John and Augustus Allen founded Houston in 1836, the city has attracted its share of both the celebrated and the notorious, and many native Houstonians have risen (or fallen) to those categories as well. Throughout its history, Houston has attracted people who saw it as a place of great opportunities, both nefarious and noble.
The conference will include Houston humanities scholars and historians who have focused knowledge about the individuals who have shaped Houston history, as well as offer interactive Q&A sessions, break-out sessions with papers and exhibits from local historical groups.
Former Houston Mayor Bill White and Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson, Houston Public Library Director, will open the daylong event, followed by the morning panel of speakers featuring historians James L. Haley; Dr. Joseph A. Pratt, University of Houston; and Melissa Kean, Rice University.
Award winning journalist Rick Casey, host of TPR’s Texas Week, will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. HHA also will present the third “Betty Trapp Chapman Award” to Dr. Pratt for his remarkable career of research, writing and teaching about Houston’s history.
During the afternoon, a variety of speakers will be giving presentations on a wide range of topics including:
- “Role Models in the Arts”
- “Women Educators on the Firing Line”
- “Legacies from Houston’s LGBT Communities”
- “Happy Hollow: Business and Bordellos in old downtown Houston”
- “Science, Faith, and Civil Rights in early Houston”
- “Folk Art and Free Spirits”
- “In their own words: Oral History Sound Bites from the HMRC”
- “Hearts of Gold: George Hermann, Monroe D. Anderson, Will Horwitz and their Surprising Gifts to Houston”
Attendees will have opportunities to network and to view exhibits and interactive displays from more than 20 historical and preservation groups.
The cost of the conference is $50 per person; $40 for seniors, for those presenting in the breakout sessions, and for representatives of exhibiting organizations; $25 for teachers not covered by scholarships from their respective school systems. All tickets include lunch catered by MelangeEvents and admission for a full day of activities. Parking is available on the street and in nearby parking garages. The Lancaster Hotel in downtown Houston is just five minutes from the library and is the official hotel sponsor for HHA; contact 800.231.0336 for special rates.
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 2013, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Julia Ideson Building – Houston Public Library, 550 McKinney
WHO: The Houston History Association is an independent 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting Houston area history and serving as a resource for existing historical, preservation and educational organizations and institutions.
Sponsored by: Humanities Texas, The Summerlee Foundation, Texas Historical Foundation and Houston History Association; co-sponsors: Texas State Historical Association, University of Houston—Center for Public History, The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park, Houston History Magazine, The City of Houston, Houston Public Library, The Lancaster Hotel & The Lusk Family, and Houston Independent School District.